‘Ek Ashchorjo Phul Binoy Majumdar’ is a rare treat for fans of the poet
Jointly edited by Ahasan Hydar and Snigdhadip Chakraborty, Ek Ashchorjo Phul Binoy Majumdar (Ashroy Prokashon, 2021) is a valuable book on the life and work of Bengali poet Binoy Majumdar, who was born on September 17, 1934.
The book is composed of analyses by eminent and emerging poets as well as essayists from both sides of the Bengal border. In the book, friends and colleagues of Majumdar reminisce about the walks they took along College Street together, the lively discussions at coffee houses, and intimate talks at Binodini Kuthi at Shimulpur. The 824-page volume contains discussions on Majumdar's poetry, screenplays, and paintings from the likes of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Shamsur Rahman, Al Mahmud, Ahmed Sofa, and Ritwik Ghatak, among others. Ek Ashchorjo Phul also comes with a collection of published and unpublished stories, poems, and drawings by the revered Hungry Generation poet himself. At the beginning of every chapter are portraits of Majumdar drawn by different artists.
Editor Ahasan Hydar notes, "This book is the result of a five years-long effort. Readers can learn about the world of Binoy's poetry in a novel way through this book. Binoy was also a great mathematician. His thoughts on society [and] poetry, and the choice of diction in his poems, can charm everybody".
Lavlu Hira is a contributor.